Dr. Luann Pannell Ph.D., began her career with LAPD as a Police Psychologist in 2000 and in 2006 was promoted to Director of Police Training and Education by Chief Bratton. In this role she is responsible for the review and evaluation of all LAPD training curricula to ensure relevancy, continuity, and compliance with State and Federal criteria and Department policy. She researches best practices in police training and adult learning to continually improve and advance LAPD training. In keeping with this role, Dr. Pannell led the team responsible for the complete redesign of the LAPD Academy in 2008.
One of Dr. Pannell’s strengths is her ability to collaborate with various groups and constituencies. Her commitment to collaboration has enhanced a variety of community relationships with LAPD and has resulted in new training. By designing new LAPD training, LAPD has been able to incorporate feedback from several key communities on topics such as Fair and Equitable Policing for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Community, Mental Illness and Autism. Dr. Pannell is the LAPD chair of the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) where she serves with two community co-chairs to ensure there is diverse community input into police training.
Dr. Pannell is a distinguished instructor in several LAPD schools including the LAPD and LAFD Leadership Programs and the Command Development Course. She has been one of the co-authors and presenters of the “Vicarious Trauma: Why it Hurts to Help” course to law enforcement professionals and first responders throughout the country. While teaching in numerous Department schools, Dr. Pannell also consults in the selection and training of instructors and conducts evaluation research to improve training methodology and content. She chairs the Training Assessment Committee (TAC) which assesses all requests for training to identify the best delivery method for accelerated learning, retention, behavior change, and organizational change.
During her tenure as a police psychologist she consulted with a variety of specialized units including Juvenile Division, Scientific Investigation Division, Jail Division, Records and Identification Division, Recruitment and Employment Division, and Scientific Investigation Division. She also responded to SWAT call-outs as a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team and a member of the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT). As a CIRT member, she assisted LAPD employees in managing their reactions to critical incidents. She participated in ride-a-longs, provided management consultation, and presented training on a variety of issues including stress management and the psychological consequences of constant exposure to violence.
In addition to her work with LAPD, in 2009 the INTERPOL Group of Experts on Police Training (IGEPT) was established and she became the first to serve as the Chair. In this role they have overseen the development of an E-Journal to increase sharing of best
practices in training on an International level. Dr. Pannell is a contributing author in the book, “Leading in Dangerous Situations”(2011) which was organized and edited by West Point staff from the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department.
Dr. Pannell received a Masters Degree and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the School of Psychology at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, as well as a Masters Degree in Theology, Cross-Cultural Studies. Her Bachelor’s Degree is also in psychology from Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho. Prior to joining LAPD, Dr. Pannell spent several years working within Community Mental Health and the Veteran’s Administration, consulting victims and families exposed to traumatic instances and violence. Dr. Pannell has written articles and presented at psychological conferences on the relationship between exposure to community violence and psychological distress, the collaboration between Mental Health Professionals and Law Enforcement, and improving training outcomes for law enforcement.